Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic therapy, is a dental procedure designed to save an infected or damaged tooth. It involves removing the inner pulp of the tooth, which contains nerves and blood vessels, and then sealing it to prevent further infection.
Signs that You May Need a Root Canal
- One of the most obvious signs is persistent pain in your tooth. This pain may be sharp or dull and can range from mild to severe. It might also worsen when you bite down or apply pressure to the affected tooth.
- Another indication that you may need a root canal is sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. If eating or drinking something hot or cold causes intense discomfort in one particular tooth, it could be a sign of infection.
- Swelling and tenderness around the gums near the problem tooth are also potential indicators of an issue requiring a root canal. The area might feel tender when touched, and there could be visible swelling.
- Discoloration of the tooth is also another reason. If your tooth has turned greyish-black compared to surrounding teeth, it's worth having it checked by the dentist.
Other symptoms include persistent bad breath, swollen lymph nodes in the neck, and drainage coming from the affected area. Remember, these signs do not guarantee that you need a root canal; they merely suggest that further examination is needed by the dentist.
The Procedure and Recovery Process
Our dentist will begin the procedure by thoroughly numbing the area around the tooth using local anesthesia. This ensures that you won't feel any pain during the procedure. Once you're numb, the dentist will create a small hole in the tooth to access the infected pulp inside. Next, they will carefully remove all of the infected tissue from within the root canals of your tooth. This step is crucial for preventing further infection and saving your natural tooth structure. After cleaning out each canal, they will shape them to make room for a filling material called gutta-percha.
Once packed with gutta-percha, which acts as a sealant, your tooth is protected from future infections. In some cases where there's extensive damage or infection present, a temporary filling may be placed until further treatment is necessary. After completing the root canal procedure itself, the dentist may prescribe antibiotics if there is an active infection in order to prevent its spread throughout your body.
You might experience some tenderness or discomfort around the treated area for a few days following the procedure. Over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen can help manage any swelling or pain during this time.
To learn more about root canals, call 408-364-1122 or visit 1570 LA Pradera Dr, Campbell, CA 95008.